- At least 550 people have lost their lives, including 77 children
- Over 500 people have been injured in the floods
- Over 34,000 homes have been deluged
- 977km of road infrastructure and 61 bridges have been destroyed
- In Balochistan alone, over 150,000 people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance
Tufail Hussain (Director, Islamic Relief UK) is currently in Pakistan overseeing our response to the floods.
This morning I departed from the UK to join the Islamic Relief teams on the ground in Pakistan in some of the most affected regions. I’ll be joining our team in Sindh who are working tirelessly to support the millions affected by the floods in the area.
Updates from Islamic Relief team in Pakistan
This morning I departed from Manchester airport to join the Islamic Relief teams on the ground in Pakistan in some of the most affected regions. It’s important to identify the challenges those in need now face and how Islamic Relief can best assist. Islamic Relief has been working in the region for over 21 years to combat poverty, and Balochistan continues to be one of the most affected by flash flooding.05/08/2022:
I’ve touched down in the capital of Balochistan Province, Quetta, where it is currently 33 degrees celsius. Upon arrival, I met with the team on the ground for a security briefing and was made aware that 28 out of 35 districts in Balochistan have been severely flooded. As a result, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has declared a state of emergency in all 28 affected districts. So far, 9 of the districts are in the most desperate need of immediate and urgent assistance.
Tragically, over 200,000 acres of agricultural land have been destroyed in the province.
To further grasp the situation on the ground, I travelled to Mian Khanzai, a hamlet of 70 homes and 500 people in the Panchpai district. The villagers reported that within four short hours, waves started to make way from the mountains towards the village, destroying all 70 homes. The ordeal was petrifying for the residents, as several children were swept away before being caught.
The majority of the hamlet’s income is from agriculture, all of which has now been destroyed. With the crops now gone there will be no source of income for the next year.
Islamic Relief has provided each of the families here with cash grants to purchase basic essentials from the markets in the city. It’s evident that it will take a long time to rebuild their lives.
Today, I visited Batto village in the Nushki District, which is approximately 3 hours from Quetta near the Iranian border. The area is extremely remote, meaning that NGOs don’t typically operate in this area and the population is not receiving the support that they need.
The region is extremely hot, currently it is 45 degrees Celsius. This area in Pakistan is one of the hottest during the summer and one of the coldest in the winter, with temperatures dropping well below zero degrees Celsius. Between tremendously hot temperatures, the flash floods, and a looming harsh winter, the population is being thrust between extreme circumstances with no time to recover.
Tragically, a 400-year-old underground spring that used to supply the village with water has now been blocked with mud due to the floods. Now, the villagers have no water, and with their homes destroyed from the floods, they also have no shelter from the blistering heat.
Aminah Bibi and her children